By April 28, 2017 Read More →

Pipeline regulator PHMSA raises penalties for safety violations


PHMSA says its new rules took effect on Thursday. North Dakota Department of Health photo by Jennifer Skjod.

Maximum PHMSA penalty now $209,002 per day the violation continues

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Friday that it is increasing the maximum civil penalties that may be imposed for federal pipeline safety laws violations.

The MHMSA has changed the maximum penalty for a single violation is now $209,002 for every day the violation continues, or $2,090,022 for a related series of violations of federal pipeline safety laws.

The PHMSA may also impose civil monetary penalties up to $1,1214 for a violation over employee safety or $76,352 for a violation of LNG operations.

According to federal law, government agencies are required to adjust monetary penalties each year to account for inflation.  The new rules took effect on Thursday.

During the first three months of 2017, there were 76 reported spills according to agency data.

In 2016, over 400 spills were reported.




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